It’s Yoga International

Coaching, Training, & Leadership Institute

Located in the downtown of Toledo, Ohio, USA.

Our primary function is to be of service in the community at large, sharing tools that support awareness, healing and transformation, on the yoga mat and in the world. We offer daily classes, international teacher training programs, workshops and life coaching.

Our vision
is that all beings everywhere are happy and free; and we are committed to excellence, Self-awareness and personal responsibility, as we share these gifts in the community. We invite you to join us and uncover your true Self.

We are here to Serve

Center of Excellence International

Founded by Dorothy Divack, CENTER OF EXCELLENCE is an International Coaching, Training and Leadership Company. Dorothy supported the vision of It’s Yoga® in 1989 and has since, been affectionately dubbed as the Godmother of It’s Yoga®. In 2011, Marie participated in the EXCEL Training and is currently in the Coaches/Consultants Training. Dorothy serves on the IYI Board of Advisors and is a true Master, sharing her expertise, wisdom and Love through her devotion to Authenticity.

It’s Yoga®

It’s Yoga® was one of the first Ashtanga schools in the West, born in San Francisco. Since 1989, the brand opened numerous locations worldwide, and continues to be a leader in training instructors to practice, teach and excel on and off the mat.

Marie Russel

In 2002, Marie started practicing at It’s Yoga® in Columbus, Ohio and was immediately drawn to its healing benefits. Soon she realized that she was happier and healthier when she was practicing yoga, so she went to San Francisco to participate in the It’s Yoga® Teacher Training Program with founder, Larry Schultz.  Following the training, Marie had the unique opportunity to study, practice, live and teach with Master Yogi Larry Schultz for 7 years before he passed in 2011, leaving Marie with the It’s Yoga® legacy to carry forth and grow globally. Thus, she founded It’s Yoga® International (IYI) where she serves as Director and directly collaborates with the IYI Affiliates, Trainers and Graduates on daily basis. Marie is dedicated to serve the world at a high level, here from Toledo and abroad, by Sharing the Love of the Practice.

Dani Russel

Dani dropped into the lap of classical Mysore style Ashtanga in 2000 when living in London and found a practice for his personal well-being. Whilst visiting family in Stockholm, Sweden in 2011, Dani met Marie; tuned into a Rocket® 3 Happy Hour in his jeans, moved to the US 4 weeks later and has been flying high ever since. Six years and children later, he is honored to be of service to a truly diverse Toledo community and our international following from Mexico, Italy, Spain, Thailand, Scandinavia, UK and beyond.

Weekly Schedule

Please call us to book any of the following classes at: (419) 377-2841

9:30 – 11 AM  Full primary Series
7:15 – 8:15 AM Modified Primary Series
5:30 – 6:45 PM  Rocket 1
12:15 – 1 PM Modified Primary Series
6 PM – 7:15 PM Mixed Levels
7:15 – 8:15 AM Modified Primary Series
12:15 – 1 PM Mid-week  Meditation
530 – 645 PM  Rocket 2
12:15 – 1 PM Modified Primary Series
6 PM – 7:15 PM Mixed Levels
7:15 – 8:15 AM Modified Primary Series
5:30 – 7:00 PM  Rocket 3


Please call us to book any of the following classes at: (419) 377-2841

Saturday, November 4, 2017

A,B,Cs of Life Coaching

Learning tools to support you in living an Empowered Life. In this workshop, we invite you to bring a relationship in your life you want to gain clarity and direction on, either personal or professional, and we will move through a process that will enlighten & inspire you to stand in your greatness! All levels welcome.

We will practice yoga from 12 – 1 in this workshop.

12 – 3 PM, light refreshments served  


Saturday, November 18, 2017

True Gratitude

Join us for a Yoga & Coaching Cirle that is designed to explore the meaning the abundance and gratitude.  Flow on the mat intelligently, and learn how to step into the Holiday season with true Spirit and celebration.

We will practice yoga from 12 – 1 in this workshop.

12 – 3 PM, light refreshments served


Sunday, April 29

A,B,C’s of Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga

It’s Yoga® is the primary school of yoga. Learn the essential and profound basics of hands and feet alignment, inner strength, and breathing. All levels will learn tools to take your practice to the next level.

We will practice yoga from 12 – 1

12 – 3 PM, 45 USD


The Rocket®

“What is The Rocket®? Well, It’s Yoga®!”

Created by Larry Schultz in the early 90’s while he was on tour with The Grateful Dead as their yoga instructor, The Rocket® Routines are variations of Classical Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga.  Ashtanga Vinyasa is a dynamic and aerobic practice that links breath and movement to support overall well being, optimal health; and a strong and flexible body and mind.

“Is this for Me?”

The answer is Yes. The routines are created to be practiced in a group setting, attending to practitioners individual needs.This is achieved by modifying the postures as needed, and still be part of a safe and effective sequence in a group atmosphere. Your body is unique to You. As facilitators, we learn how to offer these teachings by observing and working with You. For an in-depth engagement with your practice, private classes are ideal too

Class Descriptions

– Primary Series : The foundational routine of Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga, is a fluid and moving style of physical postures and breath linked together (75 to 85 minutes)

– MPS : Modified Primary Series, based on the Primary Series, with a focus on warm up, standing and seated postures, including final relaxation (45 minutes)

– Midweek Meditation : A secular practice as you are guided through mindful awareness followed by a short group conversation (45 minutes)

– Rocket®1 : A dynamic sequence with emphasis on legs, shoulders and abs, using postures from First and Second series (60 to 75 minutes)

– Rocket®2 : Focuses on strength poses, backbends and hip openers, with postures from Second and Third series (60 to 75 minutes)

– Rocket®3 : The Fusion of Rocket® 1 and 2 creating a complete interpretation of the It’s Yoga® System. A great way to kick off the Weekend! (60 to 90 minutes)


“The Rocket® gets you there Faster!”

(Bob Weir of The Grateful Dead)

Upcoming Trainings and Workshops

IYI Immersion
IYI 30 Hr. Rocket® Weekend
30 Hr. – Toledo, Ohio
September 1-3, 2017

We created this event to invite past, present and future practitioners of The It’s Yoga® System and The Rocket® Routines into the circle to experience the BLISS of being surrounded, supported, and inspired as we break down the routines, tools, and techniques that will be transformational, on and off the mat!

IYI 200 – 
Teacher Training
200 Hr. – Toledo, Ohio
October 22 – November 17, 2017

The Purpose of the IYI 200 Hr. Program is to be supportive, so that you can learn and integrate the main ingredients of the It’s Yoga® System of Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga, in order to have the confidence, independence and freedom to share the practice in your community.

IYI 301 –
Rocket® Foundations
100 Hr. – Toledo, Ohio
May 25 – June 1, 2018

IYI 302 –
Rocket® Take Off!
100 Hr. – Toledo, Ohio
July 1-10, 2018

We designed this training to support yoga instructors who were interested in taking their practice and teaching into the realm of excellence! Laying a strong foundation in The Rocket® and learning the tools and techniques of the It’s Yoga® System are sure to support transformation, on, and off the mat!

IYI 501 –
Mastering the It’s Yoga® System
100 Hr. – Toledo, Ohio
August 13 – 19, 2017

IYI 502 –
BEING a Rocket® Trainer
100 Hr. – Toledo, Ohio
August 20-24, 2018

Designed for IYI graduates of IYI 501, the second part of our 500 Hr. Series is about “just being” and practicing and teaching the tools and techniques of the It’s Yoga® System and The Rocket® Routines. BE ready for some deep off the mat exploring, and some on the mat teaching. These 6 days will be full, fun, and transformative, giving YOU the tools to confidently teach classes, workshops, and trainings, in alignment and collaboration with It’s Yoga® International.!
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